The rapid fridge inventory reduction rolls on. These two were gifts from a friend whose brother moved to Colorado a few months ago. He’s been a steady pipeline for my friend and I’m appreciative that he’s chosen to share.
Tasting: August 5, 2014
Style: Sessionable Ale
Beer #: 572
Relatively a new beer first bottled in April 2014. Named as one of the top new brews in 2013 by Modern Brewery Age this is considered a sessionable ale. If you haven’t heard the term, sessionable means you are able to remain upright after consuming a few in a single session – like a party, picnic or a night out. At 4.5% alcohol by volume this would do the job.
Aroma on Loose Leaf is of wine grapes as I pour this very light-colored beer. I can hear the carbonation fizz causing a large bright white head. It doesn’t take long for it to subside and my first sip or two reveal a German pilsner type sweetness. A little odd in that most sessionable ales are all hop and no balanced sweetness. The hops are bitter somewhat grassy. Very light and very drinkable. It hits the mark for a sessionable beer – probably one of the better ones that I’ve had 87 points.
Tasting: August 5 ,2014
Style: IPA (what else)
Beer # 573
It doesn’t take long to come to the conclusion that Odell IPA is the class of this pairing. Rich ruby color with a rich syrupy mouthfeel. Hops hit right up front with crisp grapefruit and a nice caramel sweetness rolls underneath. It finishes crisp. Has just a bit too much fizziness. I’ll call this another hit from Odell and give it a mark of 91.